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Water crisis haunt residents of 'royal city'

It could be known as the 'royal city' in the world map, but crisis of water still causes trouble to Patiala residents every year.

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2013 20:39 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times

It could be known as the 'royal city' in the world map, but crisis of water still causes trouble to Patiala residents every year.

From inadequate water supply to unsafe drinking water, the city with 4.5-lakh population, manages hard to cope with the problem.

Residents of Bhindi Wali Gali, Kila Chowk, B-tank, Khalsa Mohalla, Tripuri, Badugarwasti, Raghomajra, Sanauri Adda, Sanjay Colony, Rajura Colony, Bishan Nagar, Guru Nanak Nagar, Jhujjar Nagar, Mathura Colony, DLF Colony, Tafjalpura and the outer colonies are worst hit by the problem.

Tall claims by both municipal corporation (MC) and Punjab government raised some hopes among people but apathy and poor execution of the authorities concerned put off several important projects.

However, the upper and middle class families have resolved the problem on their own by digging submersible pumps and installing reverse osmosis system for safe drinking water. But people from poor economic backgrounds are still left to the mercy of MC.

Sources said, the pipelines laid in the old city areas are more than 90-year-old and have never been replaced. The old pipelines decrease the water pressure which affects the supply.

With Patiala Municipal Corporation completely dependent on ground water, it has installed around 115 tubewells across the city.

But only 54 employees, in place of around 250, run and manage the tubewells. The apathetic attitude of the civic body can be gauged from the fact that its plan to install 10 new tubewells has been left in the lurch since last year. The canal water supply scheme also has not been implemented for past several years as government failed to provide adequate funds for the project, worth Rs 175 crore.

Water taken through pumps is supplied to households after chlorination as MC had failed to install permanent RO system with the tubewells.

"The MC authorities should come up with concrete plans to provide safe drinking water. Who will be responsible if an epidemic breaks out," said Raj Kumar, a resident of Sanauri.

SDO water supply and sanitation, Suresh Kumar, said the problem of water supply gets acute during summer due to increased demand.

"The proposed tubewells will be installed soon and the canal-based water scheme will not only streamline water supply but will also help improve the water table," he said.

Citizens' take

Mohinder Kumar, Mirch Mandi resident
We have sent several complaints to the civic body authorities but to no avail. The MC ignores the demands of residents and don't visit our areas to listen to our grievances.

Malkeet Kaur, Baba Bir Singh Dhir Singh Colony resident
Leaders make tall claims during elections but do nothing concrete to solve our problems. We will not allow any representative of political party to enter our area until adequate water supply is provided to us.

Dhanu Yadav, Sanauri resident
Water wastage is prevalent in old walled areas but the civic body has failed to take note of these issues. The officials have never come to repair a broken pipe which resulted in contaminated water supply.

Ginni Nagpal, former Congress councilor
A tubewell was laid in Lakar Bazaar under Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur's, MP lad fund but MC had given connection of water supply to some other areas. People in the area were forced to walk half a mile to get drinking water.

First Published: Sep 10, 2013 20:29 IST